At 35, Jane, a freelance translator, has realised that instead of combining a rewarding career with a satisfying mother-daughter relationship, she's become an all-purpose dogsbody. Rupert has a job in the city, a glamorous girlfriend, and plenty of money. But he's beginning to have doubts about the route he's chosen too. So when he and Jane meet they both start to wonder whether it's really enough to settle for "the next best thing".
Meet Laura: the woman who puts the 'je ne sais quoi' into the question: and what do you do? Laura has it all. A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children and an idyllic lady-of-leisure Parisian lifestyle. She spends her mornings sharing croissants and a grand creme with her friends, her afternoons in the Louvre and her evenings attending sophisticated soirees. It's the perfect life, isn't it? But hard as Laura is trying to enjoy her perfect life, it just doesn't seem to feel as perfect as it should.